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  • An experienced MK appointed European leader
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & all Departure Tax (flight inclusive holidays only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4/5-star) in Delhi, twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Best available hotels in outlying towns on full board
  • All camping facilities and all meals on trek
  • Camp staff to carry out all camp work
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Costs of all porterage and porter insurance
  • Sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All necessary permits
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  • The opportunity to attend one of our pre trip meets in the Cotswolds

Green Lake Trek, Northern Sikkim

Walking & Trekking

India, Sikkim | Walking & Trekking

Green Lake Trek, Northern Sikkim
Strenuous

Suitable for fit individuals who have regular experience of mountain walking.

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Grade: Strenuous ? Strenuous
Duration:  24 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days
Walks on: 2 days

Flight inclusive from £5,690,
Land only from £4,995

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A very challenging trek to an area of northern Sikkim few westerners have been to before, close to Kangchenjunga

Highlights

  • A rewarding trek in remote north Sikkim visited by very few westerners
  • Fabulous views of Mount Kanchenjunga and high peaks on the border with Tibet, considered to be some of the best mountain views in the Himalaya
  • Visit the inaccessible and beautiful Zemu Glacier
  • Lovely acclimatisation walks in the remote Lachung/Yumathang valley
  • Sightseeing in Kalimpong and Gangtok with overnight accommodation in comfortable hotels of real character

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We feel we can trust and rely on MK. You use excellent local guides and hotels.
Mr & Mrs T, Nottinghamshire

This is a real gem of a trek
Mrs M, Scotland

We had a view of the whole length of the Zemu Glacier …… which is one of the finest mountain views I have ever seen. Once again I run out of superlatives in describing the crew. Everyone of the 17 man crew were excellent
Mr & Mrs M, Inverness-Shire

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Join our Himalayan exploration in an area considered to offer some of the best mountain views in the Himalaya. Our route leads us through stunning terraced fields and ancient rhododendron forest, past isolated monasteries and through tiny villages, which are all towered over by spectacular snow-capped peaks. In season the pastures here are alive with alpine flowers; blue poppies and primulas abound. We visit the inaccessible and beautiful Zemu Glacier and enjoy pleasant acclimatisation walks in the remote Lachung/Yumathang valley.

The trek is challenging, however the staggering mountain views more than compensate, as we are greeted with a panorama of peaks dominated by the northeast face of mighty Kangchenjunga.

We’ll visit the sights in Kalimpong and Gangtok where our overnight accommodation is in comfortable hotels with authentic character.


At a glance

Grade: Strenuous
Strenuous

Duration:  24 days from the UK  
On trek: 11 days
Walks on: 2 days

Max. Altitude: 4,935m/16,191ft (Day 15)

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Delhi

Accommodation types: Hotels, Guesthouses, Camping

Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Delhi. All meals included in other hotels and on trek. 22 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches and 20 Dinners

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Overnight direct flight to Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour in Delhi, including a visit Qutab Minar, a 73m high tower built in 1193.
3
Fly to Bagdogra and take the scenic drive to the picturesque town of Kalimpong which has fantastic views of Kangchenjunga.
4-5
Sightseeing in Kalimpong before driving to Gangtok. Full day in Gangtok for sightseeing and time at leisure.
6-8
Drive to Lachung and acclimatisation walks in Lachung.
9
Drive from Lachung to the quaint village of Lachen, with the afternoon free to explore.
10-15
On trek to Green Lake
16-17
At Green Lake, time to explore and enjoy the scenery. Take a walk to see the stunning views of Tent Peak and Nepal Peak and their glaciers.
18-21
Return trek to Zema, drive to Lachen and back to Gangtok.
22-23
Drive to Silgiguri and then fly to Delhi.
24
Transfer to airport in Delhi for flight home.
Leader: Bart Jordans
Bart Jordans

Bart is of Dutch nationality, and has been exploring and guiding treks and trekking peaks in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Hindu Kush and the European Alps since the beginning of the 1980s. He has led more than 90 trips in that period. From 1999 he lived with his family for 4½ years in Bhutan and is the author of the guidebook 'Bhutan: A Trekker's Guide' published by Cicerone. He has also written the chapter in the 2012 Cicerone Everest trekking guide, describing the Everest Kangshung Trek. Since 1994 and during the time he lived there he trekked and researched many of the trekking routes in the kingdom and successfully traversed Lunana no less than five times. He has now returned to Copenhagen, where he lives with his family, having also just spent two years living in Vietnam.



  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Delhi

    Fly overnight from London to Delhi.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Meals In Flight London To Delhi
  2. Day 2 - ARRIVE DELHI. AFTERNOON SIGHTSEEING

    Arriving in Delhi in the middle of the morning you will be met and transferred to your hotel which is situated not far from the airport. Although Delhi can be quite a culture shock, nowadays it is a vibrant and cosmopolitan modern city with thriving business areas, an excellent metro system and plenty of reminders of its exciting history and ancient civilization. There will be time to rest after arrival and then in the afternoon you will have a sightseeing tour. You will visit Qutab Minar, a 73m high tower built in 1193 by Qutub-ud-din Aibak to celebrate his victory over Delhi's last Hindu King. It is considered to be one of the finest monuments in India.
    Our local representative will let you know details of your flight to Bagdogra in the morning.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
  3. Day 3 - FLY TO BAGDOGRA. DRIVE TO KALIMPONG.(4,101ft/1,250m) 2 ½ hours drive

    After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Bagdogra. Here you will be met and driven to Kalimpong. This is a very scenic drive taking you up from the plains and into the foothills, through river gorges, forest and steeply terraced rice fields. After crossing the Teesta River you climb steadily up to Kalimpong. Kalimpong is a busy and picturesque town strategically located at a crossroads between Sikkim, Bhutan, Tibet and the plains of Bengal. There are excellent views of Kangchenjunga from here. Kalimpong was once an important market town and today one of the principal commercial enterprises of the area is the growing of flowers in extensive nurseries.
    You will stay in the Himalayan Hotel still run by the famous MacDonald Family. David Macdonald, grandfather of the current owner, accompanied Francis Younghusband as an interpreter on the invasion of Tibet in 1904. The McDonalds' family home is something of a museum to the early exploration of this part of the Himalaya with its rooms being decorated with Himalayan memorabilia given by notable Himalayan explorers who have stayed there over the years. The hotel still captures the romance of a turn-of-the-century guest house. Rooms are located in detached bungalows and accommodation is very comfortable. Wood floors and stone walls give the warm feeling of a mountain lodge but Tibetan furnishings disclose a very different history while the gardens include a great variety of Himalayan plants and shrubs. Sitting on the splendid balcony, sipping Darjeeling tea and taking in the views towards Kanchenjunga, or relaxing in the cosy living room with its fireplace and collection of Tibetan literature makes a perfect finish to the day.

    KALIMPONG
    Kalimpong is a bustling and rapidly expanding, although still relatively small, bazaar town set among the rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalaya. It was once part of the lands belonging to the Rajas of Sikkim, until the beginning of the 18th Century, when the Bhutanese took it from them. In the 19th Century it passed into the hands of the British and thus became part of West Bengal. It became a centre for Scottish missionary activity in the late 19th century. Until the outbreak of the Sino-Indian war in 1962, Kalimpong was one of the most important centres of Indo-Tibetan commerce, with mule trains passing over the 3,300m/10,826ft high Jalepla Mountain Pass. The Kalimpong-Jalepla road was the largest all-weather route between the two countries. With relations improving between India and China, Kalimpong will probably lose its trans-border business to Gangtok, in Sikkim.

    The main crops grown locally are ginger and cardamom. Kalimpong division was once densely forested, but widespread tree felling has left large areas denuded. There are some areas where tracts of forest still stand, including along the left bank of the Teesta River and in the environs of Lava and Richila. Kalimpong's attractions include three gompas, a couple of solidly built churches, a sericulture centre, orchid nurseries, and the fine views over the surrounding countryside.

    Overnight iconOvernight: The Himalayan Hotel, Kalimpong Or Similar
  4. Day 4 - SIGHTSEEING IN KALIMPONG AND DRIVE TO GANGTOK (1,650m/5,413ft), 3 hour drive. VISIT RUMTEK MONASTERY

    Today, after some time spent sightseeing in Kalimpong perhaps visiting the bazaar, the Zangtolk Pelhri monastery and the town's Christian church, you will drive northwards into Sikkim and on to Gangtok.

    After lunch you will visit Rumtek Monastery 5kms from Gangtok - have your passport ready with you as it is frequently requested on this visit. This important monastery was built in the 1960s by his holiness Gyalwa Karmapa to replace the old Rumtek monastery which was destroyed by an earthquake. Rumtek is now the seat of Karmapa Rinpoche. It is the newest and perhaps the most impressive monastery in Sikkim both in size and grandeur. It has very interesting paintings, statues and a stupa containing ashes of the 16th Karmapa. In recent years in Rumtek there has been a strange and interesting power struggle going on between two high lamas, both of whom claim to be the true reincarnation of the head of the Kagyu Pa Sect. Also worth visiting is the Nalanda Institute for Higher Buddhist Studies in the monastery complex.

    Your overnight stay in Gangtok is at the delightful Netuk House Hotel, which with its traditional decorations still has a very Sikkimese feel and usually serves traditional food. It has a lovely atmosphere and character and is run by nice friendly people and is a lovely spot to relax before you start your journey into the wilds tomorrow.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok Or Similar
  5. Day 5 - AT LEISURE IN GANGTOK, HALF DAY SIGHTSEEING.

    You will have a full day in Gangtok. If the weather is clear in the morning it is worth getting up early to catch the great dawn views over Kanchenjunga.

    Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim state. The name means 'hilltop' and the town is situated along the steep west side of a long ridge above the Tanipul River. The scenery from Gangtok is spectacular and there are excellent views of the entire Kangchenjunga Range from many points throughout the city. Gangtok only became the capital in the mid-1800s (previous capitals were at Yuksom and Rabdentse), and the town has undergone rapid modernisation in recent years. Gangtok has also recently become something of a hill station resort and is a popular holiday destination for Bengalis especially being during the 10-day Durga Puja holiday period in early autumn. Many people expect Gangtok to be a smaller version of Kathmandu. It is not that but it is an interesting and pleasant place to stay with many monuments built in traditional architectural style, including Enchey Gompa, the palace of the former chogyal and the impressive Royal Chapel (the Tsuk-La-Khang), the huge Tashiding, or Secretariat complex and the Legislative Assembly.

    After breakfast you will have a tour of Gangtok. Your first port of call will be Enchey Monastery, located in forest above the town and offering brilliant views of the Kanchenjunga range. This beautiful place is an important monastery for the Nyingmapa sect, a sect to which the Sherpas of Nepal also belong. You may also visit the Orchid Sanctuary nearby which houses about 200 of the total 454 species of orchids found in Gangtok. Finally, you will visit the world-renowned Namgyal Research Institute of Tibetology. This building perched on a hill top in forest of magnolia and oak is built in the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The institute promotes research on the largest collections of books and manuscripts on Mahayana Buddhism in the world.
    There are about 30 thousand volumes and translations of the original teachings of Buddha, and various other treatises of other venerable Buddhist scholars from around the world. The institute also has a museum which has an impressive collection of antiques and some fine thangkas, paintings depicting the life and times of Buddha. Close by is the huge golden-topped Do-drul Chorten or the Phurba Chorten, shaped like a stupa (a dome-shaped structure) with 108 prayer wheels around the periphery. This white painted chorten, with its many-coloured Buddhist prayer flags, is visible from many parts of downtown Gangtok. Close to the chorten is the Guru Lhakang Monastery and also a school for Buddhist studies.

    The afternoon will be free and will be a good opportunity to do any last minute shopping for trek.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok Or Similar
  6. Day 6 - DRIVE FROM GANGTOK TO LACHUNG. (3,000m/9,500ft.) 4 to 5 hours drive.

    Today you will make an early start for the drive to Lachung, 4 to 5 hrs. You head north from Gangtok and after a short distance, on the crest of the watershed divide 8 km north of Gangtok, your driver will stop at Tashi View Point for the views. From here you look north over the Dik Chu tributary of the mighty Teesta river and on a clear day, north west toward Kangchenjunga (28,169ft/8,586m) and Siniolchu (22,598ft/6,888m), rising ethereally above the valley mists. The road meanders down through lush greenery, terraced farmlands and stilted village houses. Later you have time to pause at Phodang, 38 kms north of Gangtok to visit the gompa and stretch your legs. Phodang Monastery is half an hour's walk up from the road or 10 minutes by vehicle. The gompa sits high above the main road to Mangan and there are tremendous views down into the valley below. Phodang was built in 1740 and belongs to the same order (Kagyupa) as Rumtek, but is much smaller and less ornate than the gompa. After the 16th Karmapa fled from Tibet and before he installed himself in Rumtek in 1959, Phodang was for a while the most important of Sikkim's three Kagyupa gompas (the third is Ralang Gompa). It is still considered one of the six main monasteries and, along with Rumtek and Ralong, hosts the annual Kagyat dances in December. Here you can feel the timelessness of a part of Sikkim which tourists rarely visit and which gives a hint of the grandeur of the north. You may also have time to visit Labrang Monastery, located about 4 km up a rocky dirt road above Phodang. The architecture of this gompa is quite unusual. The exterior shape is an octagon, built of mortar and brick with an outer coat of plaster and painted rust colour. Here you may take a moment to be aware of the soundlessness, to contemplate a life spent in peaceful meditation far away from traffic and urban din.
    Driving on, 65 kms from Gangtok, you meet the first check post at Mangan, a place which considers itself to be the 'cardamom capital of the world'. You continue to the town of Chungthang, where the rivers Taschung and Lachen meet to form the Teesta (the largest river in Sikkim). Here you turn right to drive up to Lachung, a settlement situated at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung rivers, tributaries of the Teesta. On your left are the mountains of Chameringu, 4,528m/14,855ft and Phedang Khungi, 4,897m/16,066ft.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Local Guest House
  7. Day 7 - IN LACHUNG – DAY WALK UP THE VALLEY FOR ACCLIMATISATION

    Lachung is a well established village, famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. Its wooden houses are built in traditional style. In the past this region felt more remote but nowadays hotels have been built here to serve the needs of a newly emerged Indian middle class with money to spend coming up from Gangtok and staying overnight here to make a day trip up to a sacred lake near the border with Tibet. This touriwm has started to have its effect on these upland valleys with local young people no longer working so much on family farms, but instead working in hotels and acting as taxi drivers. Because this is a sensitive border area there is also much military traffic and army camps.

    The scenery around Lachung is 'alpine' with open woodland up to about 500m higher than the village. The mountains which are visible from the valley floor rise to about 5500 m. Today, for acclimatisation you will take a walk from your Lachung hotel up the steep valley opposite to gain a useful 700m of acclimatisation. You might also visit Lachung Gompa, an old gompa (built in 1880) and one the most picturesque gompas in Sikkim. It is a short 30 minute walk uphill from the centre of Lachung to the gompa and there is an amazing backdrop of snow-capped peaks. In Lachung you might also visit the handicraft centre which sells woven rugs and blankets.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Local Guest House
  8. Day 8 - DRIVE TO YUMATHANG (3,564 metres/11695ft). ACCLIMATISATION WALK AND RETURN TO LACHUNG

    Today you will drive for about 1 hour up the valley to the village of Yamuthang where there are high altitude pastures and a few houses. Yamuthang is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers - the nearby rhododendron sanctuary has more than 24 species of rhododendron, the state flower. Foreign tourists are not normally allowed to drive beyond Yumathang - this is a sensitive border area - but if the military are more relaxed on the day you go you may be allowed to drive higher and closer to the border at 'Zero Point' where the road ends.
    In any case there is a good walk you can make from Yamuthang alongside the river through pastures and open woodland, all good for acclimatisation.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Local Guest House
  9. Day 9 - DRIVE FROM LACHUNG TO LACHEN (2,750m/9,022ft) - 2 hours drive

    Today you leave Lachung and descend the valley back to the big junction where after crossing the bridge the road follows the left side (western) to Rongpu and on to Lachen. You cross the fine Bolshoi Bridge - of Russian design - built almost 492m/1500ft above the riverbed (Do not try to photograph any bridges as the Indian authorities are very sensitive on this point). From here the Teesta valley rapidly becomes narrow and steep sided and is forested all the way to Lachen, another settlement with an obvious army presence.

    Lachen is a sleepy traditional village and is said to be one of the most picturesque in Sikkim. The name Lachen means 'big pass'. There is a large and relatively new gompa here not far from the Apple Orchard Hotel - you will have to ask your guide to find the man with the key! In 2014 the gompa was being restored. Yu will have the afternoon free to explore the village.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Apple Orchard Lodge Or Similar
  10. Day 10 - DRIVE FROM LACHEN TO ZEMA. (8,950ft/2,730m). 5 kms. BEGIN TREK. TREK TO THALEM, (10,620ft/3,240m). Approx 4 hours walking.

    You drive the short way to Zema at (8,950ft/2,730m). This takes about 20 minutes along a rather poor road to arrive at a bridge over the Teesta and the start of the trek. When Sir Joseph Hooker, the great British botanist and explorer came here in the mid 1800's he found a piece of string tied across the bridge, and a local told him that other side of the bridge was 'Cheen' (ie China). Nowadays the border is quite a long way north, but still contested by the Chinese.

    You start walking from Zema, where the Zemu Chu, which flows down from the Zemu Glacier, merges with the Thangu Chu (river). The trail turns west to follow the left bank of the Zemu Chu. At first the trail is fairly straight and broad, but landslides may hamper the route in several places and make the going difficult or muddy underfoot. The last section to Talem is steeply uphill in lovely forest. Thalem (Jadong) is located at the junction of Lhonak Chu with Zemu Chu, where there your first campsite is a lovely spot in woods where you will be lulled by the sound of the two rivers.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  11. Day 11 - TREK TO JAKTHANG. (11,250ft/3,430m). 3 to 4 hours walking

    This is a relatively short day of about 4 hours to aid acclimatisation. From Thalem the trail enters some of the magnificent forest for which Sikkim is famous, and is reasonably flat for half an hour. Crossing a bridge over a fierce torrent you enter a dense and wet forest. Again the trail may be muddy and the walking quite tiring as you also have to negotiate dwarf rhododendron roots, possible landslip areas and several short but steep climbs. You climb through this forest to Shobuk and then descend steeply for forty five minutes to Jakthang, a small meadow, with broken-down herdsmen's huts, which makes a convenient night's halt.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  12. Day 12 - TREK TO YABUK. (13,250ft/4,040m). 4-5 hrs.

    The trail continues through forest. After a short climb it crosses a substantial bridge over the Thombak Chu. This river, draining from the north, leads to the Thieu La and Muguthang, towards the Lhonak Valley. Again the going is quite rough over landslips and through bamboo and rhododendrons. There are several ascents and descents on the route and floods may have damaged the trail so it can be quite tough going. The path can be difficult to follow and its best along here for the group to stay together. After a final long climb you reach the camping ground of Yabuk where there is a Forestry Commission hut.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  13. Day 13 - REST DAY AT YABUK

    Today you will have a day to rest and acclimatise and to explore the local area. For those who are interested in rhododendrons there are many varieties found round here and you should now be getting your first views of the peaks surrounding the Zemu Glacier.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  14. Day 14 - TREK TO REST CAMP (15,500ft/4,725m). 4 ½ - 5 hrs.

    Today you will get some of the most magnificent views of the trek - or any trek! Along the way if you climb to the top of the moraine the sudden view out over the glacier as you reach the crest is sensational - a sense of infinite light and space, beautifully shaped peaks, the huge glacier and Kanchenjunga east face in the distance.

    From camp the trail enters the moraine field of the Zemu Glacier, crossing boulders and streams. You traverse above the river for 20 minutes then join it, climbing up beside it through the moraine. Near the snout of the glacier you head steeply up right to reach a brêche in one and a half hours. From here are the first magnificent views of the summit ridges of Siniolchu 22,563ft/6,877m, a mountain which Freshfield called 'the most beautiful in the world'. The nature of the walk now changes and as the valley opens up the great peaks come into view. You descend to cross the stream on a plank bridge and head east beside the stream with views ahead of Tent and Nepal Peaks. The going is now very pleasant underfoot and you ascend the widening valley gradually to reach what is known as Base Camp 1, the camp used by climbers attempting Siniolchu. Your porters may establish their own camp here but will carry all your gear upwards for a further hour to reach the true 'Rest Camp' which is situated right opposite Siniolchu. Rest Camp is at the mouth of the wide valley descending from the Thangchung La to the north and is a very pleasant camp site with wonderful views from the crest of the moraine 10 minutes' walk away. It was a rest and recuperation camp for the German expeditions of the 1930s and was the last one where firewood was available. Kangchenjunga rises in the distance. Herds of bharal (blue sheep) are often sighted on the hill opposite and this is also snow leopard country.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  15. Day 15 - TREK TO GREEN LAKE CAMP (16,191ft/4,935m) 3½/4 hrs.

    Today it is best to rise just before dawn to see the sun hit Siniolchu. Then, after breakfast you will head up the valley from camp, staying on the left side, to a little col with great views of all the peaks. This takes about 1¾ hours. Then follows a long, very gentle walk up to the wide-open space with a stream which is one of the sites called 'Green Lake Camp'. Green Lake is a take off point for mountaineering expeditions to the peaks of this area. 'Green Lake' may conjure up an image of a beautiful stretch of still water, but sadly this is not now true. Instead of a lake there is just a small shallow pond. It seems that a lake did exist here in the past - the hollow can still be seen clearly, but the water has drained away into the adjacent Zemu glacier that is gradually eroding the base of the area where Green Lake is situated. In fact, the lake had disappeared by 1899 when, according to Douglas W Freshfield, 'The hollow enclosed between the converging moraines of the Zemu and Green Lake glaciers has been very lately a lake, and was now a lake basin'. But any disappointment at the lack of a lake is more than compensated for by splendid views all around. This is a wonderful spot and from here there are great views of Simvu and the whole of the towering south and east faces of Kanchenjunga. There will be time to take a little walk along the moraine or just to admire the fine surroundings. The true Green Lake Camp sometimes suffers from a lack of water so, as one of our earlier groups did, you may continue to camp about 1¼ hours further on, next to a stream. This is a lovely camp opposite 'mini' Siniolchu and there is plenty of water here as well as dead wood for a camp fire.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  16. Day 16 - EXPLORATION FROM GREEN LAKE CAMP.

    When an earlier group was at Green Lake Blue Sheep came right down past the camp and there were Snow Leopard pug marks nearby.

    After admiring the fine early morning views in all directions there is a whole day for exploration of this great amphitheatre. One fine route leads on the expedition route towards Tent Peak. You pass Green Lake and head for the crest of a moraine and then follow cairns which mark a narrow path which then swings right to follow a small stream descending from the direction of Tent Peak which is dead ahead. Just an hour or so from camp reach the end of an easy path for fine views of Tent Peak and Nepal Peak and the glaciers falling from them.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  17. Day 17 - A DAY FOR EITHER MORE EXPLORATION FROM GREEN LAKE CAMP OR AS A SPARE DAY IN THE ITINERARY.

    You will have another day for exploration in the Green Lake area but this day may also be used as an extra day for the ascent if any one in the group is not acclimatising well.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  18. Day 18 - RETRACE ROUTE TO YABUK.

    A very easy and pleasant descent of about 3 hours.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  19. Day 19 - TREK TO THALEM. Approx 6 hours

    Today you retrace your steps to Thalem, mostly down hill walking.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Camp
  20. Day 20 - TREK TO ZEMA. Approx 3 hours. DRIVE TO LACHEN.

    Today you retrace your steps with a pleasant downhill trek to Zema and on to Lachen. Zema is 5 kms from Lachen and your vehicles may meet you here, but if not you may need to walk the last stretch up the road to Lachen. In Lachen you will say goodbye to your hardy band of porters and spend a second night at the Apple Orchard Lodge.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Apple Orchard Lodge Or Similar
  21. Day 21 - RETURN TO GANGTOK. 6 to 8 hours drive.

    Today you make the drive back to Gangtok for the chance of beers and a welcome shower!

    Overnight iconOvernight: Netuk House Hotel, Gangtok Or Similar
  22. Day 22 - DRIVE TO SILIGURI. 125 km, 4 ½ hours

    You can make a relaxed start today as you just have the drive back down to the Indian plains today. You will overnight in the town of Siliguri.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Sarovar Park Plaza Hotel Or Similar, Siliguri
  23. Day 23 - DRIVE TO BAGDOGRA AIRPORT AND FLY TO DELHI.

    You will have a short drive to the airport for the flight to Delhi. Here you will be met on arrival and transferred to your Delhi hotel. Depending on your flight schedule there may be time for some sightseeing or shopping - there is a metro station not far from the hotel so a visit into town is not difficult.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport, Delhi
  24. Day 24 - DEPART DELHI

    After breakfast you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Gem of a trek          

This is a real gem of a trek.

Finest mountain views          

We had a view of the whole length of the Zemu GlacierÉ which is one of the finest mountain views I have ever seen. Once again I run out of superlatives in describing the crew. Everyone of the 17 man crew were excellent.

Reliable          

We feel we can trust and rely on Mountain Kingdoms. You use excellent local guides and hotels.


Extend your holiday

Kashmir Houseboat extension, India
  • Spend the end of your trek or tour relaxing on a luxurious houseboat in Kashmir.
  • Cosy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
  • Includes all meals, tea and coffee on-board, provided by your own cook.

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We are very pleased to say we can now offer extensions to visit Srinagar in Kashmir.  Closed since 1990, it is now thankfully open again to western tourists and at last you have the opportunity of true relaxation aboard one of the famous houseboats either on Dal Lake, or Nagin Lake.

The flat-bottomed houseboats have cosy bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large living/dining room, and a verandah where you can enjoy mountain views and watch the shikaras (wooden boats) gliding along on the lake from shore to houseboat.

You will have your own cook on your houseboat so all you have to do is relax, put your feet up, and enjoy a well earned rest after the rigours of your trek or tour.


Ranthambore National Park extension, India

Ranthambore National Park extension, India
  • Known for its population of tigers.
  • Home to fascinating wildlife including jungle cats, hyenas, jackals, bears, crocodiles and large populations of langur monkeys.
  • Enjoy safari drives as you look out for wildlife amongst the picturesque grassland, hills and lakes.

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Ranthambore National Park in Rajasthan is one of the finest national parks in northern India. Formerly a hunting reserve for the Maharajas of Jaipur, you can see a huge variety of fantastic wildlife and birds in Ranthambore, but the park is particularly famous for its population of tigers - although of course sightings of tiger can never be guaranteed many visitors to this park are lucky enough to get good views.  The scenery of the park is very varied with grassland, hills and lakes and there are also some very picturesque and atmospheric ruins located in the park. Even if you don’t see tigers there is abundant wildlife on view in Ranthambore with leopard and other cats such as jungle cats, caracal, hyena, jackal, wild boar, bear, several species of deer, and large populations of langur monkeys. Marsh crocodiles and other reptiles are also found in the lakes within the park. Owing to the wide range of habitats within the park there is also a large variety of fantastic and colourful birds, both resident and migrant, to be seen - in total, 272 bird species have been documented within the park.


Corbett National Park extension, India

Corbett National Park extension, India
  • Corbett National Park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India.
  • Over 50 species of mammals, many reptiles and hundreds of bird species to look out for.
  • Ideal extension from Delhi to explore some of India's most fascinating wildlife.

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Corbett National Park is the oldest national park in India. Located between the Himalayan foothills to the north and the ancient Shivalik Hills to the south, the reserve covers a wide range of habitat with dense woodlands, open grasslands, riverine vegetation, dry riverbeds and more hilly terrain and so offers much diversity. This varied habitat hosts a spectacular diversity of mammal, bird and reptilian life, unmatched anywhere in India.

The park is home to one of the largest Royal Bengal Tiger populations in India as well as other large cats such as leopard.  There are also around 50 species of mammals including large herds of elephant and four species of deer. In the park you also find many reptiles, including the rare and highly endangered Gharial crocodile. Corbett has a spectacular bird diversity – there are several hundred resident species of bird with as many more crossing on their migratory routes with bird diversity being at its peak during the winter months.


Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)

Agra, Taj Mahal & Jaipur - extension (India)
  • 1-day and 6-day extension options available
  • Add at the beginning or end of your holiday in India
  • Sights include the Red Fort, Taj Mahal, City Palace and Amber Fort

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After your adventures in India why not add an exciting day trip to Agra to see the sights of the one time capital of the great Mughal empire? Or, if you have more time available, perhaps a longer trip visiting both Agra and another gem of the ‘Golden Triangle’, Jaipur. Whichever option you take, once in Agra you will be looked after by one of our fully trained, English-speaking guides who will show you around the Red Fort, the Taj Mahal and the ancient city and mosque of Fatehpur Sikri. For those travelling on to Jaipur, you will take guided visits to the Amber Fort, Palace of the Winds and City Palace, along with time to explore the colourful bazaars of the ‘Pink City’.


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